Yesterday Bob & Val(Bufford cousins) took us to Greenfield Village. in Dearborn. Anyone who ever spends time in southern Michigan should visit Greenfield Village. Henry Ford built it to visually describe our nation's history. Originally it was built for students, but eventually it was opened to the public. There are so many historical treasures - homes that belonged to Robert Frost, Daniel Webster and Thomas Edison. Edison's laboratory(he and Ford were close friends) is fascinating.
There are two parts to the Village - the village itself and a large museum. We spent the day in the village and we didn't see half of what was there. There were people in period costume walking about. Much of the work done in the village, such as farming, is done as it was 100 years ago. Children played with spinning tops in the park, a young couple rode old fashioned bicycles and people drove Model T's up and down the streets. After awhile it really does feel like you have stepped back in time.
The cottage in the top picture was my favorite place. Designed after an English cottage in the Cotswolds, it was surrounded by an extravagant garden with dozens of different flowers in riotous bloom. Normally they serve tea, but because of a threat of rain (which never happened) it was closed. We were disappointed - it would have been heavenly to sit among all those flowers sipping a spot of tea.
We had a great day, but the best part was getting to know Bob & Valerie better. Before yesterday we hardly knew them at all. We have spent lots of time with John & Stephanie, George & Alyce, but little time with Bob & Valerie. We are looking forward to spending time with them the next time they come to Arizona.
Tomorrow we pull up stakes and head for Colorado by way of Rt. 80 through Iowa & Nebraska. We have had a wonderful time here in Michigan and look forward to our return.